This week’s slew of socially distanced arts events includes music, activism, sculpture, cooking, and—skateboarding?!
Neko Case in Western Connecticut | October 13
There’s still time to get in a COVID-19-saftey-protocol-following outdoor concert before the weather gets too cold for such events. On October 13 at 8pm, singer-songwriter Neko Case will perform with A.C. Newman at South Farms in Morris, Connecticut. At the concert, all attendees must wear masks and stand six feet apart; hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the venue; touchpoints like door handles and counter surfaces will be regularly disinfected; and everyone entering the site will be health checked via temperature check and short questionnaire. Tickets are $160.
“Ground/work” at the Clark | through October 2021
Jennie C. Jones, These (Mournful) Shores, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and PATRON Gallery, Chicago and Alexander Gray Associates, New York.
“Ground/work,” the first-ever outdoor exhibition at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, features site-specific works by Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. For the show, the six artists were commissioned by the Clark to create works that offer an active dialogue with the museum’s surrounding landscape. One of the highlights is These Mournful Shores by Hudson-based artist Jennie C. Jones, which references two turbulent seascapes by Winslow Homer that are actually owned by the Clark: Eastern Point (1900) and West Point, Prout’s Neck (both 1900). But don’t put off your visit too long: “Ground/work” is only on display until October 2021.
City Winery Hudson Valley Streams “Jazz for America” Concert | October 15
Filmed live on an outdoor stage of City Winery Hudson Valley at its Sullivan County location of Montgomery, “Jazz for America” is a musical event that brings together several of today’s finest jazz musicians for a concert to benefit Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The virtual concert, which will stream on October 15, which will feature a special appearance by Doug Emhoff and will be hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater, will present performances by Christian McBride | Joe Lovano, Ravi Coltrane, John Scofield, Jazzmeia Horn, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Fred Hersch, Brandee Younger, Miguel Zenon, John Patitucci, Aaron Goldberg, Sean Jones, and Melissa Aldana. Tickets are $50. Check updated website for start time.
CIA, Vale Fox Brewery Offering Virtual Cooking Series | October 18-November 8
Hyde Park’s Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in and Poughkeepsie’s Vale Fox Distillery recently announced the launch of “Around the Kitchen Table,” a virtual live cooking series. “Around the Kitchen Table” features top CIA alumni and supports the college’s Financial Relief Scholarship. The series starts on October 18 at 5pm invites participants into the kitchens of renowned chefs including Maneet Chauhan, JJ Johnson, Johnny Hernandez, and Katianna Hong for simple, at-home cooking demonstrations and conversation, alongside cocktail pairings by esteemed barman Jeffrey Morgenthaler using the Vale Fox Distillery’s award-winning Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651.
“Vote Your Voice” Event Via City Winery Hudson Valley | October 18
Designed to increase voter turnout and support the fight against voter disenfranchisement, the first-ever “Voice Your Vote” virtual concert, curated by acclaimed Americana and soul singer-songwriter Valerie June, will take place on October 18 at 6pm. Presented by City Winery Hudson Valley and Mandolin, this event is inspired by June’s “Young, Gifted, & Black” Spotify playlist and “the spirit of late musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone.” Tickets are $15 via City Winery’s website.
Skateboard-able Sculpture at Art Omi | ongoing
Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl) by Chemi Rosado-Seijo
Seen on the cover of this month’s issue of Chronogram, Chemi Rosado-Seijo’s Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl) is a site-specific sculptural installation that opened on July 27 at Art Omi in Ghent. “Yes, that is a fully functional skate bowl—as the skateboarders who have already descended on the piece will attest,” says Art Omi Communications Director Jessica Puglisi. “To the question of whether this is ‘art’ or did Art Omi just build a skate bowl, the answer is simply ‘Yes.’” Visitors are welcome to skate Mahican Pearl-Hole (The Mahican Bowl) for free during park open hours (dawn until dusk daily) but must first complete a waiver.
All is Not Lost at the Wassaic Project | through October 24
All is Not Lost by Christy Chan
Christy Chan, whose six-story tall video, All is Not Lost, is being projected on the exterior tower of the historic Maxon Mills grain mill at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, is a believer in public art. “Public art invites us to stop and just be in the moment, wherever we are, Chan says. “The in-between spaces, the spaces where we are simply on our way to becoming ourselves, are what I'm interested in.” The work is a composite of videos of waterfalls filmed by Chan in 2017 and 2018. The water in the video is not flowing downwards, but slowly flowing backwards at 1/200th the normal speed of a waterfall responding to gravity. All is Not Lost is an outdoor, nighttime art installation on view at Wassaic Project nightly, from 7:30-9:30pm through October 24.
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